It’s “if you claim a guy off waivers he’s all yours” season, and the Giants just claimed a guy off waivers: reliever Kyle Barraclough, most recently with the Washington Nationals.
Barraclough had a beastly 6.66 ERA in 33 appearances for the Nats this year, offering more than his fair share of assistance to that club’s bullpen woes. He still strikes out a lot of guys — 10.5 per nine innings — and his walk rate is actually better this year than it was last year. The problem was that he gave up hits like it was his job [note: it is decidedly NOT his job; quite the opposite, actually], allowing 11.6 base hits per nine.
The Giants are going to send him to Triple-A Sacramento in hopes that he figures it out a bit.
Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.
Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.
Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.